Nevada City, CA — The Woolman Semester School, an independent Quaker high school semester program whose curriculum focuses on peace, social justice, and sustainability, recently hired Gray Horwitz as its new head of school. This will hopefully bring new energy and innovation to the Woolman community, but more importantly, Emily Wheeler, the admissions and outreach director, is currently moving into the office of her dreams.
Lying on the floor of her new work space in northern California’s historic gold country, Ms. Wheeler contemplated what color to paint the floor after she has removed the rustic rust-colored carpet. As she listened to a Spotify playlist a friend made while trying to be racially conscious, Emily connects to the feng shui of the room by balancing in bakasana, her favorite yoga pose.
Once she opened her heart chakra, Emily looks out through sliding glass doors at the majestic live oaks of Woolman’s 230-acre campus and takes a deep breath from her diaphragm. After realizing that she feels thirstyâ€”and priding herself on her elevated level of mind-body connectionâ€”Emily drinks the last few sips from a bottle of apple kale kombucha she recently purchased at the Briar Patch food co-op for close to $5.00. She, unfortunately, failed to feel the immediate effects of its probiotic properties, and loses faith in her ability to accurately discern colors at this point in time.
Lost and alone in the world, Emily ventured outdoors to rejuvenate her soul with a brisk walk to the garden. Her Luna sandals sink into the luscious grass of the soccer field as she meditates on the Woolman motto “live what you believe.”
Recently, Emily has come to believe that daily intakes of iris flower essence will help spark her creativity and bring beauty into her everyday existence, connecting her soul purpose to the mundane. While she occasionally worries that her colleagues will laugh at her, at the end of the day Ms. Wheeler knows she lives a good life and her feminist credentials are no less valid simply because she pays a man to change the oil in her car.